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Limping to the finish line

Some say the reason so many tennis players are getting hurt is due to the length of the schedule, while others think it comes down to conditioning.

Updated: August 27, 2006, 12:46 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

The phone rings in the trainer's room at the Rexall Centre in Toronto. Pardon Bill Norris if his hands are full of, well, Rafael Nadal's ankles and a spool of tape.

"It's a bit crazy right now," says Norris, an ATP trainer since 1979. "Can I get back to you?"

An hour later he is on the line, detailing the numerous physical challenges faced by professional tennis players who have competed on the hard courts of North America. It has been a long, hot summer, beginning in Newport, R.I., and ...

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